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Master's Culminating Experience

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Recently there has been an increasing number of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cases in correctional facilities around the country, including the Greater Dayton area. Considering the potential health impact of MRSA on correctional facilities it is important that facilities have prevention and control protocols in place. This study summarizes the prevention and control preparedness activities of county correctional facilities in the Greater Dayton area. The positive response rates for the control measures were 88.4% for screening, 83.6% for treatment, 80.6% for personal hygiene, 95.4% for environmental control, 80.4% for education and 84.3% for standard precautions. The study also compared rural and urban counties for their differences in prevention and control preparedness activities. The greatest difference among control measures for urban versus rural county facilities were 90% and 66.7% respectively for personal hygiene. However analysis indicates no significant difference. This study suggests a significant compliance with MRSA prevention and control protocols among correctional facilities in the Greater Dayton area.